Family caregivers provide a wide variety of services to care recipients: administering medications and physical therapy, assisting with daily tasks, meeting with healthcare providers, coordinating treatment regimens and schedules, helping with financial and * administrative aspects of medical care, health insurance and more.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 02/23/2015 - 09:36
The census highlights difficulty for family caregivers and the 80+. Last week we posted an analysis of US Census data revealing those locations in the US with low Caregiver Support Ratios (CSR) – in other words, seniors aged 80+ stranded with limited care availability. CSR (discussed in this landmark AARP report) represents the population aged 45-64 who could (though they may not be) able to help seniors aged 80+ and includes both family and professional caregivers. The AARP report indicated a current nationwide average of 7 people available to help care for 1 person aged 80+. The report warned about those future years when baby boomers turn 80 and the ratio drops to 4:1 and lower. However, further analysis reveals a current potential problem in locations such as: >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:04
Now is the winter of discontent. Neighborhoods disappear under the weight of snow piling up and billions of dollars are adding up in lost business (think car dealers and restaurants). But what of mitigating the isolation and providing care for the elderly, especially for those seniors aged 80+, living in communities overwhelmed by bad weather? Is the likelihood of having family to help related to geography? That topic was addressed by state in the August, 2013, AARP INSIGHT report, The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap, introducing the term and an infographic for the caregiver support ratio (CSR) – "the number of potential family caregivers aged 45-64 for each person aged 80+." The report prediction: given future population changes, CSR would decline from its 2010 level of 7 potential caregivers for each person aged 80+ (7:1) down to a ratio of 4:1 in 2030 and 3:1 in 2050. Today, those low ratios have been reached around the US – in both locations that are warm…and snow-covered. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:50
The dilemma of distance -- boomers have parents who live in, for example, Florida. The oldest boomer is 69. They’re not all that healthy. The still-living parent(s) may be even less healthy. In this age of medical specialization and long distance families, many aging women living alone: they need to see doctors, perhaps multiple doctors. Even if the children of aging parents live nearby, experiencing enhanced intergenerational proximity (!), the aging parent may ultimately live alone. With life expectancy for woman now averaging 88+, it is safe to say that older boomers are still involved in coordinating the care of their aging parent/mother. And they’re doing it from a distance – since the boomer woman with a career may not reside in Florida. Consider that Florida is now on track to become the 3rd largest state – with population growth primarily from migration. The state now has a median age of 74 for its 65+ population, one-quarter of that population widowed. But the dilemma of distance criss-crosses the country from California to Maine, from upstate New York to New Mexico. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 13:36
CES 2015: offerings for tracking your kids, your parents, your pets, and your self.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 01/10/2015 - 12:56
CES 2015: David Inns talks about tech needs of older generation.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 10:30
The move from nursing-home to in-home care is part of a massive shift across the nation.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 17:05
Did you know that nearly 40% of seniors report having a disability? In the category of number obsession, this new snapshot of a government report caught my eye and should catch yours – it is referencing 16 million people. The report notes six types of disability reported in census data: hearing, sight, thinking and memory, walking, self-care and independent living. From the MedlinePlus release: "People older than 85 accounted for more than 25 percent of all disabilities among seniors, although they represented only 14 percent of the overall senior population." >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 09/20/2014 - 16:40
Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging has released a feasibility study to test the acceptability, usability, and potential efficacy of a web-based technology for family caregivers. Called CareGeneral, this new care management tool is designed to simplify, centralize and coordinate the care process for caregivers of older parents and other family members, and to enhance communication and coordination, minimize caregiving errors and alleviate stress. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 09/20/2014 - 11:08
San Mateo, CA; September 15 2014
-- Almost half (46%) of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 per year on caregiving expenses, according to a new Caring.com report. A family caregiver is defined as someone who takes care of a family member or friend, but is unpaid for their services. Their caregiving expenses include out-of-pocket costs for medications, medical bills, in-home care, nursing homes and more.